Verification of Illness or Injury

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Verification of Student Illness or Injury?
  2. How is the form used?
  3. Who can complete your form?
  4. How is the form to be completed?
  5. What if I see a professional not included in the categories listed in #3?
  6. Can I make copies of my form for different professors?
  7. The form does not include the nature of my health problem.  How can the University decide on my request for special consideration without that information?
  8. Do I have to see someone while I’m ill or injured? What if I’m too ill or injured?
  9. My practitioner said that a full assessment is needed before the form can be completed.  What can I do?
  10. I have a disability/long term illness that affects my academics. Do I need this form?
  11. Why does the form have the statement that completion of the form does not guarantee that special consideration will be granted? 


  1. What is a Verification of Student Illness or Injury?
It is the new official University of Toronto form, replacing the Student Medical Certificate, for all students who are requesting special academic consideration based on illness or injury.
 
  1. How is the form used?
Each academic area has its own policies and processes regarding accommodation for illness or injury. Please consult your College/Division/Faculty/Graduate Coordinator for detailed information. Registrarial Services Contacts
 
  1. Who can complete your form?
The form can only be completed by the following practitioners:
  1. A Physician or Surgeon registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  2. A Nurse Practitioner registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  3. A Registered Psychologist  with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
  4. A Dental Surgeon (Dentist) registered with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  5. A health professional in any University of Toronto student health clinic
  6. Members of the above disciplines registered outside Ontario may be considered
 
  1. How is the form to be completed?
Some sections can be completed electronically; however, the following MUST be completed by hand:
  • Student signature
  • Health practitioner initials and signature
  • Date of completion
  • Business stamp (must be added manually) 
You are advised to keep a copy of your form for your own records.
 
  1. What if I see a professional not included in the categories listed in #3?
Regardless of whom you choose to see, consideration for the purpose of this form will only be given for signatures of practitioners listed in #3 above.  For information about letters of support from others, please consult your College/Division/Faculty/Graduate Coordinator. Registrarial Services Contacts
 
  1. Can I make copies of my form for different professors?
If you are going to use the form for more than one person, it may be best to show your original form and then provide them with a copy.  All copies of the form must show the U of T watermark.
 
  1. The form does not include the nature of my health problem.  How can the University decide on my request for special consideration without that information?
The University respects your privacy.  The most important information is whether or how your illness or injury affects your ability to fulfill your academic obligations and the time involved.
 
  1. Do I have to see someone while I’m ill or injured? What if I’m too ill or injured?
It is important that you see your practitioner as soon as possible. The form can only be signed if you were seen at the time of your illness or injury, not after the fact. As well, the University reserves the right to confirm all details on the form, including dates.  Your practitioner will likely make the form part of your health care record.
 
  1. My practitioner said that a full assessment is needed before the form can be completed.  What can I do?
Take your practitioner’s advice. Your practitioner’s record will have the date when you were first seen and the practitioner can include this information on the form. 
 
  1. I have a disability/long term illness that affects my academics. Do I need this form?
You MAY NOT need this form if: 
  • You are registered with your accessibility services office on your home campus, and your current illness or injury is directly connected to your reasons for registering with that service. Please contact your disability advisor as soon as you experience a new occurrence that interferes with your academic obligations to discuss whether you need this form.
 
You WILL need this form if:
  • Your current illness or injury is not related your accessibility services registration.
  • You are not registered with accessibility services office on your home campus and you are requesting special academic consideration based on an illness or injury. 
 
For more information about registration with the accessibility services office on your home campus, please go to:
 
  1. Why does the form have the statement that completion of the form does not guarantee that special consideration will be granted? 
The University’s policies and regulations address requests for special consideration. Please consult your College/Division/Faculty/Graduate Coordinator. Registrarial Services Contacts